Student Activist Gulfisha Fatima Completes 100 Days in Prison; Netizens Cry Foul

Gulfisha Fatima has been behind bars since April 9 in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail under the anti-terror law of UAPA. — Photo: The Quint

Clarion India

NEW DELHi — Gulfisha Fatima, a student activist who completed 100 days in prison on July 18, is at the center of an online campaign seeking her release with activists and netizens asserting that she was innocent.

Social media users trended a hashtag  #FreeGulfisha.

Fatima, a 27-year-old community educator from Seelampur in North-East Delhi, has been behind bars since April 9 in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail under the anti-terror law of UAPA, over the allegation of instigating violence in parts of Delhi in late February. Her lawyer and family as well as activists say the detention is wrongful, and she is being punished “for defending constitutional values and peacefully resisting the anti-people CAA-NRC-NPR project”.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) triggered a wave of peaceful protests across India. Muslim women took to streets and began indefinite sit-ins at various places across the country, asking the government to revoke the “discriminatory” law which, they said, went against the secular and democratic spirit of the constitution of the country.

According to the law, migrants from neighbouring countries living in India will be granted citizenship. But it specifically excludes Muslims. Critics say that the law, if coupled with the potential nationwide citizenship test, will enable the disenfranchisement of Muslim citizens. They will be sent to detention centres if they fail to prove their citizenship in accordance with new norms.

Irked by the protests, senior leaders and ministers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in their speeches, exhorted their supporters to shoot the protesters! “Desh ke ghaddaron ko, Goli maaro … ko” became the war cry of the mobs supporting the ruling party. This eventually led to the outbreak of violence in parts of Delhi. The carnage that followed left behind a trail of death and destruction.


  1. Student activist Gulfisha Fatima is 100% innocent, Delhi Police corrupt press false charges on her.Demindin to free from jail.Now over 100 days behind the bar.unfortunately justice system control by BJP & RSS.Because of that Jamaah Millia Islamia University, Delhi, student need fair justice,
    Again Gulfisha fatima should be free respectfully.

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